We were chuffed to see a review of Am I Normal Yet? in this Sunday’s The Observer! Here’s Holly in all her Observer glory:
“This is not a novel about a condition: Evie’s condition is that of being a contemporary young woman, and through her guerrilla feminist group with new soulmates Lottie and Amber (who will each get a novel to themselves shortly) she learns new pathways through life that all her peers can follow.”
– Geraldine Brennan for The Observer on Am I Normal Yet?
“An involving look at feminism, friendship and the secrets we hide even from those who know us best.” – The Observer
Brilliant to come in to the usbornepublishing office today and see Holly and Am I Normal Yet? listed in The Observer’s ‘Five of the Best in Young Adult Fiction’ alongside four other fab YA authors. Hooray!
ARE YOU NORMAL?
We all ask ourselves that – at least once a day. THRICE a day if we were going through the hell that is puberty. Luckily for you, Usborne have made a TOTALLY SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE GIF to help you work out if you’re normal or not.
Amy and Hannah here from Usborne – hello! We’ve hijacked Holly’s Tumblr for Day 2 of #100DaysofNormal because we want to tell you a little bit more about her amazing new novel Am I Normal Yet?, which is out on 1st August.
We asked the very lovely Holly to sum up the book for us in just 3 words:
‘NORMALITY. IS. OVERRATED‘
We completely agree! Holly’s main character, Evie, has OCD – she feels as if she is failing at being a teenager, let alone being ‘normal’.
Evie’s just come off her meds and is dipping her toe into the pool of man folk at college. But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well (don’t we all!). The trouble is, if Evie won’t tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?
OCD, feminism, bad boyfriends, and the importance of cheesy snacks – it’s all there in this wise, heartbreaking and funny novel.
And there’s more! If you didn’t already know, Am I Normal Yet? is the first in a trilogy – hooray! Yes – 3 books from Holly, so we asked her to give us a sneak peek at what to expect:
‘The trilogy centres around the friendship of three girls – Evie, Amber, and Lottie – and their grassroots feminism group. In book two, Amber spends the summer in an American summer camp to try and rebuild her estranged relationship with her mother. Expect road trips, prom kings with hidden depth, female chauvinist pigs (evil cheerleaders) and lots of tears. And, in the final book, Lottie takes on the ENTIRE PATRIARCHY in a one-girl campaign, calling out every instance of sexism she sees for an entire month. Imagine “Yes Man” for feminism, then add cheesy snacks and a totally inappropriate crush. I cannot WAIT for you to fall in love with these girls as hard as I have.’
We’re off to meet Holly now to do some top-secret #100DaysofNormal stuff. It’s VERY EXCITING but we couldn’t possibly tell you what it is until tomorrow!
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